ERIC Number: ED045718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Philosophies of Educators in Twelve Florida School Systems.
Curran, Robert L.; Gordon, Ira J.
To determine their professional opinion system, a questionnaire was administered to 3,252 school system personnel in twelve Florida counties and to 303 University of Florida sophomores, seniors, and graduate students. The subjects were classified as adherents of the cooperative or competitive democracy doctrines of education, according to their scores on the measure. They also completed the Professional-Social Characteristics Questionnaire. Data analyses included a one-way analysis of variance, F-ratio of differences among groups, t-ratio difference between two means, and product-moment correlation of educators' opinion systems and the socioeconomic beliefs of key "influentials" in each county. Professionals agreed on the educational ends and means and were biased toward the competitive doctrine. When classified on the bases of the differentiating professional-social variables, they differed in educational doctrines; no differentiated group had a consistent doctrine. Compared with the student groups, the professionals were more biased toward the competitive doctrine than the only student group that showed such a bias, the sophomores. Generally, professionals in the more abstract or academic group were less biased, and the concrete or applied group were more biased toward competitive education. The opinionnaire's ability to discriminate reliably among groups supports its validity as a test. (PR)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Ft. Myers.